by roberteggleston on 18 June, 2011
If you saw the story in the Mid Sussex Times on 9th June you will be aware that Mid Sussex District Council is looking at developing the Cyprus Road Car Park site. Sainsbury has expressed an interest in putting up a superstore on thsi site and if this went ahead it is likely that The Orion Cinema and Cyprus Hall will both be demolished.
There has been a cinema on this site since just after the First World War and the current one was built in 1928 to an Art Deco design and is an important part of the town’s heritage and history. I have a letter in this week’s Middy and believe the cinema should be saved from the Mid Sussex bulldozers.
No amount of money can replace this part of the town’s heritage and I strongly believe that we should campaign to save the cinema for the town.
I have no doubt that the prospect of a modern multiplex will be dangled before our noses (I’ll believe it when I see it). However, even if that was on offer The Orion should be preserved. It could then become a community asset providing arts in a way that mass produced films can’t.
I have set up a Facebook fan site – SAVE THE ORION, BURGESS HILL – and will set up a campaign website soon. If you want to join the campaign to save the cinema please email me on email@example.com Comments